Kashmir Can Be Resolved Soon: Musharraf
21 April 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: The Kashmir imbroglio would 'soon' be resolved if India and Pakistan show 'flexibility', President Pervez Musharraf said here close on the heels of his Foreign Minister stating that the two countries were moving towards a settlement. But the General made it clear that no compromise would be reached on the issue without meeting the aspirations of Kashmiris. Musharraf, who met Prime Minister of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan here yesterday, said 'the (Kashmir) issue would soon be resolved if the two countries showed flexibility', online news agency reported. 'Talks with the Indian leadership are underway. We respect the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris. Their blood will not go to waste,' Musharraf was quoted as saying. 'Kashmiris are the main party affected by the dispute,' he said. Khan met Musharraf after Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri, in an interview to a daily here said that the two countries were moving towards a settlement on the Kashmir issue that might not be the first best choice for all the three parties (India, Pakistan and Kashmiris) but could be the second best. He said it was a positive sign that various private channels featured debates to find a suitable solution to the issue. 'Confidence building measures are of no use unless the Kashmir dispute is peacefully resolved,' the General said. Khan praised president Musharraf's efforts towards resolving the issue.